This is my first post. I have been lurking around for awhile, but just started the planning process and have been relying on these boards much more than I anticipated for y'all's great advice! We were originally going for low budget, basic wedding until I found the venue of my dreams and realized I cannot fool myself. I have champagne taste and have been generously given the budget to do it (thanks to my amazing parents, a million times thanks!). Whatever I do not spend, I put towards a house. I am not sure where in the world I want to live so a house seems like a few years away for us. So here is my dilemma: I can do an afternoon or brunch wedding at my dream venue and do it up and not be concerned about budget or an evening wedding like I have always dreamed of, but be stressed out about budget. I love brunch, but then what would I do that evening or the next morning? Are any of y'all already married and can give me advice about what to do? My family has surprisingly been hands off about it and are letting me come to this decision on my own, but I would love some feedback from the Knot community. Afternoon or brunch which will save me about 5-8k or evening wedding of my dreams with only maybe 10k for a down payment? I have the potential to contribute 10-15k on my own, but that would destroy my savings and what I have saved up for a down payment so far for the future.
Thank you in advance for your advice!